Monday, 9 September 2019

Australia now home to the world's biggest lollypop

Australians love "big things". From the Big Pineapple to the Big Sheep the Australian landscape is dotted with giant caricatures. 

Now the world’s biggest free-standing lollypop has been unveiled in Ravensthorpe in Western Australia’s Golden Outback, about 530 kilometres south east of Perth.

 
Standing 7.4 metres tall at the Yummylicious Candy Shack, the idea of the giant lollypop was developed two years ago after the local nickel mine was closed for the second time.

Yummylicious Candy Shack owner Belinda McHarg said that launching the world’s biggest lollypop was tourism driven. 

“We wanted to create something to help boost tourism in our town, and who wouldn’t love a giant lollypop?” Belinda said. “It’s big, colourful and just makes people smile.”

Ravensthorpe is known for  for hosting the world’s biggest wildflower festival every September featuring up to 700 different species of wildflowers on display.

Australia’s Golden Outback CEO Marcus Falconer said that the world’s biggest lollypop is a great reason for locals, visitors and self drive tourists to stop in Ravensthorpe.

“It’s something a little bit different and you can’t help but feel happy when you look it,” Marcus said.

“I think it’ll do well on social media which is key to spreading word-of-mouth about Ravensthorpe and the region.”

The launch of the world’s biggest lollypop coincided with Yummylicious Candy Shack’s third anniversary and was celebrated with a free community festival that saw hundreds of people enjoy cupcakes, balloons, sumo wrestling, jumping castle and a free lollypop for every child.

Yummylicious Candy Shack is open daily from 10am to 5pm. 

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